July 14, 2011

proof rum, cool lassi on a hot day, Vol. 42

We begged for hot weather throughout the entire winter and spring – finally it’s here, so let’s enjoy it. If you do not have access to a northern lakeside escape, we suggest you drink in the steamy weather and sweat it out at one of the exciting cultural events taking place in Toronto this weekend. Today, we are bringing a little South Asian flare to our first Thursty Thursday rum recipe with this smooth and creamy spiked lassi. To learn more about our brand visit www.proofbrands.com. ‘Like’ us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Proof-Brands/181641835185326 and Twitter http://twitter.com/proofbrands to get last minute updates on tastings, parties & events.

proof’s award-winning white rum is currently available in Alberta and at a few fine dining and drinking establishments in the Toronto area. It will be available at the LCBO in August.

proof’s white rum lassi 2 ripe mangoes (peeled & chopped) • 2 cups plain yogurt • 1/2 cup Ceres mango juice 
4 oz proof white rum • crushed ice • 2 to 4 tbsp simple syrup (depending on sweetness of mangoes and your taste)

Directions Combine mango, yogurt, nectar, rum and a few cups of crushed ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Sweeten with simple syrup, if needed. Divide among 4 glasses, garnish with mango slice, mint sprig and serve.

Hop on the 506 streetcar and head over to Gerrard East for some delicious Asian culture. The Festival of South Asia creates a window into the East to celebrate and experience the culture and cuisine of South Asia. From Bhangra to Basmati to Bollywood music, this event has all the ingredients to make festival visitors feel like they've traveled the world. 

Festival of South Asia takes place July 16-17 in Toronto along Gerrard Street East between Greenwood and Coxwell Avenue from 12:00-11:00 p.m. (www.festivalofsouthasia.com) (www.gerrardindiabazaar.com)

For some of the best samosas in town, head over to the B. J. Supermarket at 1449 Gerrard St. E. (at Coxwell)

It started more than 25 years ago, when B. S. Jajj opened this small supermarket with a view to supplying everyday Canadian groceries alongside Indian staples. Two expansions later, the bright store sticks to the same proudly bicultural principle. These days, Pringles share shelf space with deep-fried curried lentil snacks. There are ready-to-eat curries and biryanis in the freezer, classic curry powder blends, plus rows and rows of pickles and chutneys. The spicy fresh samosas alone could lure you to Little India. (from toronto life)

Not only is B.J.'s in the heart of where the action will be, it proves to serve up some awesome and reasonably priced samosas and treats. Samosas are 3 for a dollar!

Don't forget to pick up a little chutney. They have a great selection here as well.

After getting your fill of spicy treats and Bollywood music, head east to the Beach for the 23rd Annual Beaches International Jazz Festival. 
It runs from July 15th to the 24th. (www.beachesjazz.com

Weekend Forecast:
Saturday: Sunny and a high of 30 degrees.
Sunday: Sunny with a risk of thunderstorm – high of 31 degrees

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